50 Best 'Star Wars' Characters of All Time

From Mos Eisely aliens to the most dangerous Jedi ever, our updated ranking of the heroes and villains in a galaxy far, far away

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Grand Moff Tarkin
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17. Grand Moff Tarkin

Based solely on the evidence of A New Hope and Rogue One, you'd think Grand Moff Tarkin was the story's central villain, Darth Vader merely serving as the Oddjob to his Goldfinger. Although Lucas mostly cast unknowns for his sci-fi epic, he chose beloved Hammer Films regular Peter Cushing to play the ramrod character – a wise move. The actor's refined manner and elegant features (that prominent nose, those jutting cheekbones) make him ideal to portray a man who could both match wits with Princess Leia and treat everyone around him with just the right air of English condescension. Tarkin always carried himself with a confident, slightly smug regal posture ... right up until the Rebellion destroyed him right along with his beloved Death Star. TG

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